Which Sedan is Best?

2016 Mazda3 vs Nissan Sentra - Mazda of Gastonia in Gastonia

The 2016 Mazda3 4-Door I Sport AT is a popular model among the fuel conscious and for good reason. While the competition, like the 2016 Nissan Sentra S CVT, is efficient as well, it can barely hold a flame to everything else the Mazda 3 4-Door I Sport AT has to offer. While the competition can be fierce, Mazda always comes out on top.


2016 Mazda3 i Sport

2016 Nissan Sentra S


When it comes to price, the Nissan Sentra S CVT edges out the Mazda3 4-Door I Sport AT, available at $18,665 and $19,730 respectively. When it comes down to it, the Mazda3 gives you more bang for your buck.

$19,730 $18,665

Fuel economy is the name of the game in this segment and that’s where the Mazda3 comes in strong, posting an EPA-estimated 30 city/41 hwy mpg. The Sentra S CVT falls short with 29 city/38 hwy mpg.

41 MPG hwy, 30 MPG city 38 MPG hwy, 29 MPG city
34 MPG combined 32 MPG combined

The Mazda3 4-Door I Sport AT takes a clear victory when it comes to power. Its 2-liter four cylinder engine offers 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque compared to the Sentra’s 1.8-liter four cylinder engine’s 130 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque.

2.0L I4 1.8L I4
155 horsepower @ 6000 RPM 130 horsepower @ 6000 RPM
 150 lb-ft. torque @ 4000 RPM 128 lb-ft. torque @ 3600 RPM
6 Transmission Speeds Variable Transmission Speeds
38.6″ Front Headroom 39.4″ Front Headroom
37.6″ Rear Headroom  36.7″ Rear Headroom
42.2″ Front Legroom 42.5″ Front Legroom
35.8″ Rear Legroom  37.4″ Rear Legroom
36 / 36,000 Basic Warranty 36 / 36,000 Basic Warranty
60 / 60,000 Powertrain Warranty 60 / 60,000 Powertrain Warranty
60 / Unlimited Anti-Corrosion 60 / Unlimited Anti-Corrosion

Safety is another category the Mazda3 drives off with. Options with a standard rearview camera and available blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. In comparison, the Sentra doesn’t offer any of those safety features.

Backup Camera
Optional Blind Spot Monitoring
Optional Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Optional Rear Spoiler
Daytime Running Lights
Optional Heated/Signaling Exterior Mirror
Optional Rain Sensing Wipers
Optional Navigation System
 Optional Telematic Systems
Bluetooth Technology Bluetooth Technology
Voice Activated Controls Voice Activated Controls